How Often do I Need to Test for Radon in Albuquerque?

How Often do I Need to Test for Radon in Albuquerque?

There is often some confusion around the need to test and retest homes and offices for radon, especially for the areas around Northern New Mexico.  Some folks are told that their home is safe because their neighbors tested at a low level. Others have a mitigation system installed that has been working for years. I was testing a Santa Fe home for radon recently where the owner had previously thought that there was no need to test since they did not have a basement.

Here is some information from the EPA for suggestions on when to test for radon:

  • If your living patterns change and you begin occupying a lower level of your home (such as a basement) you should retest your home on that level.
  • If you are buying or selling a home (from our Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon – (March 15, 2018, EPA 402/K-13/002):
  • If you are thinking of selling your home and you have already tested your home for radon, review the Radon Testing Checklist to make sure that the test was done correctly.  If so, provide your test results to the buyer.

Aside from any of these events, it is best to check for radon every two years. Even if you have a mitigation system in place, you still need to have it tested as the path of radon coming from the soil can change. Remember, radon levels tend to be higher in homes in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and other parts of New Mexico. Test a Home – Save a Life!

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